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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Language and Communication

Our research explores speech, language, language-linked cognition and swallowing in healthy adults and individuals with acquired disorders in these domains. The Faculty of Brain Sciences provides a unique opportunity to integrate behavioural approaches with neuroscience perspectives and access joint research facilities. Research students join a departmental research group (Conversation and Interaction; Syntactic Cognition; Swallowing; Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language), for support and interaction. A core feature of our work is the integration of basic research with new interventions for people with communication disorders. Grant funding is typically from the ESRC, NIHR and third-sector organisations such as the Stroke Association. Recent graduates are now employed as lecturers, engaged in post-doctoral research, and health-related posts.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Clinical Communication Science Doctorate PT4
Language and Communication MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5

Student/staff ratios

  • 9 staff
  • 0 taught students
  • 9 research students


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Staff View

"I feel networked in London and because of that I am more engaged in various professional bodies and research networks. UCL is a world leader in cognitive neuroscience and so more things are possible here with the equipment and expertise to support new developments."

Professor Rosemary Varley

Professor in Acquired Language Disorders

Student View

"UCL has provided me with many opportunities. I have been able to complete courses alongside my studies that will complement my skills for the future, such as the entrepreneur course I completed in the Engineering Department."

Firle Beckley

Degree: Graduate Research Division Psychology & Language Sciences MPhil/PhD